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  1. 1. How long do you spend getting ready for a night out? At a guess I would say that if youre a woman you can probably spend 1hour upwards preening and titivating and ifyoure a man you can be showered, shaved and out of the door within 20 minutes(unless, of course, youre a metro-sexual inwhich case you probably take longer than a woman!).sex online
  2. 2. Now let me ask you how long you would spend (or have spent)writing a profile for an online dating site? Less than 5 minutes,possibly 10 minutes maximum? When you consider that you literallyhave minutes to impress someone and stand out from the rest in theonline dating scene, dont you agree that more time and effort shouldbe put into writing an online profile? If you are an online dater, Imsure you will agree with me that when you are searching for apartner online you will first of all look at the profiles with photos and,secondly, you will look at the profiles where people have taken thetime to write something about themselves So if you have no photoand/or an incomplete and uninformative profile, dont be surprised ifyou inbox isnt full to the brim with messages! Im going to share afew tips with you to get you started writing an eye-catching profileOnce youve read them take some time to think about what you aregoing to write and jot down some quick notes before hitting the
  3. 3. keyboard Grab a friend If you dont like writing about yourself orthink you are going to get writers block its a good idea to enlist thehelp of a friend; the kind of friend who is always saying to you "I cantunderstand why youre still single, youre such a catch" Ask yourfriend what your star qualities are and he or she will come up with amillion and one positive things about you which you would havenever thought of or dared to say about yourself Strike a pose Themost effective way to get noticed online, is to include a photoChoose a clear photo that shows in your best light and preferablysmiling - it makes much better viewing! Choose a fun username Thisis the name which you will be known as by members on the datingsite I would advise you to use a name other than your real name toremain anonymous Try and choose a name that is fun and reflectsyour personality, i e
  4. 4. Sporty Sam or Disco Queen Do not use a name which is sexuallyprovocative or offensive Captivate your audience Make your profilereally stand out so that any person reading it will think "Wow, I haveto get to know this person!" Online dating sites have made it easy foryou when completing your profile by providing drop down menus forbasic questions such as your appearance, lifestyle, hobbies but youwill also be given additional space to write something yourself Usethis space wisely to provide a more detailed description about yourpersonality, your interests and what you are looking for The key is tobe confident and talk positively about yourself without coming acrossbigheaded Dont leave an empty space If you feel you have coveredeverything by answering the profile questions – please do not leavethe additional space blank or write "ask me", "tell you later" or "I dontknow what to say" Members will see your profile and think sexonline youre either not serious about dating or that if you cant bebothered to put some effort into writing a profile you will have thesame approach in a relationship – effortless! Instead extend on theinformation already provided, for example, if you have stated you liketravelling talk about some of the places you have visited Askquestions If there is a particular place you visited and fell in love with,ask anyone who has been there to get in touch with you so you canreminisce together Asking a question in your profile makes it easyfor other members to respond to Be Honest Dont lie about interests;you will get found out! For example, dont say you love long walks inthe countryside if you really like to dance the night away in nightclubsevery weekend
  5. 5. Youll attract the wrong person and waste both of your time As withany other kind of dating, it is always best to be honest from the startso answer all questions honestly and finding your perfect match willbe much easier! Show your funny side I think if you can makesomeone laugh or someone makes you laugh, youre on the path toa good relationship Show people that you have a sense of humour,e g talk about a scene from one of your all time favourite comediesand you may strike a chord with someone else who found the samething just as funny as you Dream a little Write about your dreamsand ambitions If your dream is to travel the world but you haventquite got round to it there may be someone out there who would liketo share this experience with you If youve been lucky enough tofulfil your dreams, share your story with other members Dontmention the ex! Ok, so you may have just come out of a relationshipand be feeling sad and lonely but dont write about it It will put a lotof people off and you may come across desperate, which is not anattractive trait
  6. 6. Make online dating a new start for you and promise yourself not todwell on past relationships Your expectations What are yourexpectations from joining an online dating site? Tell people the kindof relationship you are hoping to find but dont say you are looking formarriage if you are really looking for a casual fling and vice versaAgain, you will waste both of your time Write a chapter, not a bookBy this I mean, dont tell your whole life story in your profile Iencourage you to provide as much information as possible aboutyourself but use short bursts of information, sectioned byparagraphs, rather than writing a long essay so whoever is reading itis intrigued to find out more about you Be safe Finally, do notinclude any personal information in your profile, e g your e-mailaddress, home address, work address or telephone number Areputable dating site will remove any personal information before itappears live on site; this is to ensure that they provide you with asafe online dating environment Once youve completed your profile,read through it or ask a trusted friend to read through it and ask,would you reply to this person? If yes, its all systems go
  7. 7. If no, look at the areas where it can be improved until youve createdthat winning profile It may take longer than 5 or 10 minutes but theresults that will show in your inbox will be worth it! Alison Edwardsruns a UK based dating site If you are stuck for ideas about youronline profile, members of can write to Alison atAlison@SnappyDates com for advice on how they can improve theirprofile Copyright © 2005 Dorado Enterprises Limited - All RightsReserved Permission to reprint this article is granted if the article isreproduced in its entirety, without editing, including the bioinformation Please include a hyperlink to http://www SnappyDatescom/ Video Source: Youtube
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